Graham Receives Medical Services Employee of the Year Honor

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​​Hebron resident Leila Graham was recently chosen as the 2018 Medical Employee of the Year at Ellisville State School. Graham, a driver in the ESS Medical Services Department for two years, transports people to appointments and other places. 

“I’m surprised that I was selected for this honor,” said Graham after hearing her name called by Dr. Rex Applewhite. “I always try to stay in the background and always put everybody else ahead. I really don’t know what to say.” 

Applewhite, Director of Medical Services at ESS, said Graham is a “well-deserving” recipient of the award. “I am so proud of Leila,” said Applewhite. “She worked with me in surgery when I was employed at South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC). “She does a lot of humanitarian work and has been to Honduras with her church for 11 years straight. 

“I can’t think of a better or more dedicated person than Leila,” added Applewhite. 

Leila Graham receives Medical Services Employee of the Year Award 
from Dr. Rex Applewhite, Ellisville State School’s Director of Medical Services.
​Graham explained that she worked as an anesthesia technologist at SCRMC for 27 years before joining the Ellisville State School staff two years ago. She also stated that she travels to Honduras each year as a member of the Baptist Association’s mission team. 

“I just enjoy helping people,” said Graham. “I guess that’s one of the reasons I love my job here so much.” 

Graham also loves to stay busy. That was one of the reasons she sought another job after retiring from the hospital. However, when she was first offered the job with Ellisville State School, Graham declined the job because accepting it would mean she would miss her mission trip to Honduras. As fate and God would have it, the job was still vacant when she returned and she was once again offered the position. 

“This time I accepted,” Graham said with a smile. “The Lord worked things out and sent me here. I’m so thankful.” 

Graham’s co-workers are thankful too. They all applauded when her name was called. Applewhite acknowledged that 48 medical services employees nominated people to receive the award. Graham received the most votes.  

“A number of factors are considered when deciding who will win the award,” said Applewhite. “We consider the person’s dependability, dedication, and loyalty to the people we serve at Ellisville State School.” 

Graham stated: “Knowing that my co-workers think I am doing a great job means the world to me. It goes to show, you never know who is watching you. You just have to do your job, do your best at all times.” 


Article Date:   1/30/2019   |   Expiration Date:   1/1/2020

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